I officially have an 8 year old today. As I sit here wondering how this has happened and where the time has gone… Here are a few things this 8 year old is teaching her mother.
1. You’re the most beautiful woman in the world to her. Act like it.
2. Your singing voice is terribly embarrassing and will result in eye rolling. Sing louder.
3. This, of course, is unless it’s bedtime, at which point singing her a lullaby turns her into your biggest fan. Treat her like it.
4. Never stop singing lullabies. (Edelweiss – her favourite lullaby since you’re wondering).
5. She considers herself the next Taylor Swift. Don’t ruin it.
6. Let her borrow your jewelry. She’ll treat it as the most important thing in the world.
7. If your jewelry is tangled don’t get angry, she just wanted to snuggle with it.
8. When you find that scarf you’ve been looking for everywhere under her pillow, don’t say anything… She was hiding it under there because it smelled like you.
9. If you leave make up on the counter, she just has to put it on. Leave some – maybe that pink lipstick you never use.
10. Life is better with a little pink lipstick.
11. Encourage her to dance like no ones watching – except watch her, clap for her, cheer her on and join in.
12. Let her read what interests her. Pretend it interests you too. It won’t be that set of absolutely adorable novels she got for Christmas. Instead she’ll lug around her daily devotional everywhere – including the movie theatre where she’ll convince you she can still see to read from her dimly lit seat.
13. Time to herself is important – can’t find her? She’s snuck downstairs to watch an episode of iCarly on Netflix. Either that, or Full House. Join her – and pretend you enjoy it as much as she does… Talk about what she’s watching.
14. Brother won’t leave her alone? Let her convince him she needs “private time”. It’ll rub off on him – making him think he needs private time too – resulting in 20 minutes (or less) of private time for yourself. You’re welcome.
15. Pea soup, boiled eggs and tuna sandwiches are all excellent foods to pack in her lunch. If her friends give her a hard time – it’s ok with her, she’s convinced they just don’t realize how yummy they are.
16. You wanted that honest opinion about your outfit? She’s going to give it (aka the fashion police).
17. Your fashion sense will ultimately rub off on her – sometimes. Others – you will be left wondering, why?
18. Talk WITH her… Call it “chatting”. Because, apparently, she loves to chat – and time goes by way too fast to let it slip away without really “knowing” who she is.
19. Take advantage of your time together while she’ll still let you in and maybe, your hopeful, she’ll keep letting you in. Although you’re not sure of that yet… You’ve never raised a teenage girl before.
20. She loves you. Love yourself.
I cannot believe she’s 8.